Our Name in Junk!

July 25th, 2009 in member junk     
suewannabeinkc suewannabeinkc, member
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Finally, my first post! It took awhile to collect just the right pieces and even longer to find time to get it on the wall and photographed.

I'd seen for sale photos of letter shapes occuring in nature and architecture. Any letters desired can be ordered, but having them matted and framed is usually part of the deal. While I think this is a very creative and impressive idea, it was a little expensive for this garage sale decorator. So I decided to create words of actual things that look like letters. Here's what I used to spell our last name (and where I found it):

R - An old theater marquee letter (eBay). I used a real letter here so people would get the idea.

O - I had found a men's corduroy hat with a feather on the side that reminded me of my late grandfather. When I layed it out at home and considered where it would be hung, I decided something flatter was needed. After a LONG search, I found this gold painted oval photo frame. (local flea market)

B - A metal lyre (from an old magazine stand) turned on its side. (same local flea market)

E - This was a three-hook coat rack. I straightened the hooks to make an E. (same local flea market)

r - I was told this is an old wooden keg tap. (same local flea market)

T - It appears to be a flattened hand shovel or trowel (same local flea market)

S - My handy hubby cut this from part of an old wrought iron railing (FREE roadside find).

My kids are after me to do their names in junk now! So I'm looking for ideas for these letters: another S, N, L, G, P, E, R, C, A, T, I, U.  So far I've got a horseshoe for the U and an OLD bicycle fender bent a little tighter for a C (though I'll need another C) Any suggestions are welcome! But I'll admit that hunting with nothing particular in mind is quite fun!

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, whimsical, letters

Comments (18)

shabbychick writes: You get an A+ on your first post!! This is a fun idea - great job - and welcome to JUNKMARKET Style!

Thanks for sharing!


Posted: 9:44 am on July 28th
audlyenuf writes: Sorry, you asked for suggestions and I forgot to tell you that my junk name sign {glued on a framed mirror) only has two of the letters you need, but might be helpful. For the A I used a large protractor, and had an A-frame style picture stand on standby before choosing the protractor. For the I, I used a pizza cutter and put a watch face in the center of the wheel which gives it the dotted i look. Just a couple of ideas your welcome to use, too, if you'd like. Posted: 10:59 pm on July 27th
csudderth writes: Wow--this is a great first post. So glad you're on the site and sharing your great ideas. I've been collecting junk letters and it is driving me crazy!!!!! Everything I look at I see a letter--oh well, the life of a junker! Welcome to the site.
Christy Posted: 8:04 pm on July 27th
Detrian writes: adore this idea!!!! I've been collecting actual objects from nature (tree limbs, rocks, etc) trying to find the letters of my name.......don't know why I never wanted to spell with junk, but you've completely inspired me, and I will be hunting in a new way from now on....... Posted: 3:27 pm on July 27th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I have only seen the prints of letter names like you mentioned but never the real deal! Love what you did!

Your letters are B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!
Candy Posted: 11:22 am on July 27th
suewhitney writes: Yeah for your first post and it's a great one!! Love making letters from junk and yours are very clever. Thank for all of the great instructions. I'll be keeping an eye out for more posts from you. THANKS!

Happy Junking,
Sue Posted: 9:31 am on July 27th
suewannabeinkc writes: Thanks for all of the compliments! I love your idea of mounting the letters on something else. It would have made the whole process of spacing and hanging them SO much easier! I will have to do that with my kids' names, whenever they are collected. I also love the idea of putting it on the front porch. (We had one on our old house, don't on this one, but our next one will or I'm not moving! lol) Posted: 4:14 pm on July 26th
MimiToria writes: Welcome to the site and congrats on a great first post. Love the idea, inspiration and all of the details you shared with what and how you found the letters of your last name. I'd love to give it a try, but maybe would choose to mount them on something and than have it on our front porch, but yet have it movable to a new place in the home as well.
Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 10:53 am on July 26th
LadyCatherine writes: Cute! Cute! Cute!! Posted: 6:23 am on July 26th
fellowjunker writes: A big welcome to the JMS site.......I love your letters!!
xojanis Posted: 4:33 am on July 26th
oldnews writes: That sounds like so much fun! Great idea, I think I might give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, and welcome aboard!! Marie Posted: 1:39 am on July 26th
alicemom writes: That is so darling. A great first post! Thanks for telling how the letters were made.
smiles, alice Posted: 10:34 pm on July 25th
byabpryor writes: Wow what an eye! Congrats on your 1st post and your great finds!!!! Posted: 10:28 pm on July 25th
monakent writes: GOOD job!!! gailmarie Posted: 9:01 pm on July 25th
chippingcharm writes: Great idea...I love this! Laurel Posted: 8:36 pm on July 25th
junkermidge writes: Oh, this is so great! I keep meaning to make some junk signs myself. Thanks for the ideas and the inspiration. Good job.
Midge Posted: 8:23 pm on July 25th
georgiamoon writes: Wow this is really cool..I see several letters that could be made from old frames...L,E,T,I and the N if you have a miter saw. That may be one way to get it done quicker but you are right the hunt is the fun part! Love it, Georgia Posted: 8:10 pm on July 25th
audlyenuf writes: I love the look; very creative! You did a great job with your finds, and I can imagine how fun it is looking for the right shapes! Posted: 7:44 pm on July 25th
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